Detroit isn’t the most common hub for travelers heading off to every corner of the world, but it’s still ideally situated to handle many flights. As such, there’s plenty of demand for assistance with visa applications and passport renewals from its residents. Apostille certification may also be necessary prior to departure on certain visa applications or paperwork abroad. When a document issued in the US needs to be recognized in another country, travelers have to have it certified using an Apostille. These are for countries following the Hague Convention. Others like China recognize Authentication Certification.
Many travelers from the US may have never had to deal with Apostille certification when planning a trip abroad solely as a tourist or expecting to receive a visa on arrival. However, those planning on working abroad or traveling for business may find they need them. More than a few countries ask that criminal background checks – in the US, from the FBI – be submitted along with a work visa application. This process requires the document itself and Apostille certification from the federal government.
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Which brings us to Apostille Certification in Detroit. The Secretary of State office – where official certification service is offered – in Lansing isn’t exactly accessible to the majority of travelers, but there are multiple third-party agencies in Detroit offering walk-in service. At this level, documents like marriage licenses and university diplomas can be given an Apostille by the state of Michigan.
Like any other bureaucratic process, an Apostille requires specific paperwork to successfully authenticate any document to be accepted in another country. Just as with visa applications, Apostilles may be rejected for missing information, resulting in a delay in your departure, which could potentially invalidate a visa. This can cost time and money applicants simply may not have.
While those seeking either a state-issued Apostille or a federal one can choose to mail in their documents, this is subject to a backlog that can cost the applicant days or even weeks better spent traveling. Applying in person in Detroit is allowed, but this isn’t always possible during regular business hours with a long wait.
Travel Visa Pro can cut out all the waiting and traveling across town to provide experienced travel experts capable of arranging every step of your travel plans: registering your trip with the US Department of State, buying travel insurance, getting an Apostille, and renewing your passport are just a few of the services TVP offers at both our pick up and drop off location in Detroit and a staffed office in Chicago. Come to us with your visa and passport needs, and we’ll handle the Apostille certification for you, whether you need certification for criminal background checks, marriage certificates, business agreements, university diplomas, or any documents issued by the government.